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Cetacean coordinated transborder monitoring using ferries as platforms of observation off Tunisia 2013-2014 - Atutax
Aissi M. 2015. Cetacean coordinated transborder monitoring using ferries as platforms of observation off Tunisia 2013-2014 - Atutax. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP ( on yyyy-mm-dd.
Contact: Aissi, Mehdi

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Within the framework of the ACCOBAMS agreement, a partnership of Italian and Tunisian research bodies is investigating the presence of cetaceans, and the relationship with maritime traffic, within the region comprise among Tunisia-Sicily-Sardinia considered a critical habitat for cetacean species. To be able to systematically investigate the region, especially in high sea areas and all year round, ferries are used as platform of observations. Floating marine litter is experimentally investigated more

[2015-10-16] 24 new sightings from 2013-09-28 to 2015-05-17 were added.

The original data provided by ITUCRE include data owned by Atutax and Ketos, which is indicated in the data_owner column. Upon provider's request, the data are split into two datasets based on the ownership and this dataset includes those owned by Atutax.

Twenty unidentified sightings were removed from the original data upon provider's request.

A few sightings observed D.delphis and S.coeruleoalba together. Such sightings are split into two records, one for each species. The notes column mentions this processing.

Biology > Mammals
Marine/Coastal, Maritime transport, self-propelled boat, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, MED, Tunisia, Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus, 1758), Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758), Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus, 1758, Stenella coeruleoalba (Meyen, 1833), Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821), Ziphius cavirostris Cuvier, 1823

Geographical coverage
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: 9,022; MinLat: 36,8513 - MaxLong: 10,4118; MaxLat: 44,1608 [WGS84]
MED, Tunisia [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
28 September 2013 - 17 May 2015

Taxonomic coverage
Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]
Stenella coeruleoalba (Meyen, 1833) [WoRMS]
Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821) [WoRMS]
Ziphius cavirostris Cuvier, 1823 [WoRMS]

Animal sightings
Occurrence of biota

L'Association Tunisienne de Taxonomie (ATUTAX)data creator
Aissi, Mehdi

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Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2016-05-26
Information last updated: 2022-08-09
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